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Peter Podovinikoff
Director

Peter Podovinikoff is one of the founders of the First West Foundation. He is a Certified General Accountant (CGA) and retired from the executive team of Envision Financial in 2004. For his extensive community work, Mr. Podovinikoff was awarded the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 

Paul Challinor
Director

Paul Challinor, a Chartered Professional Accountant for more than 35 years, was elected to the First West Credit Union board in 2019. A recent retiree as a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Vancouver, Paul was the leader of PwC’s Financial Services practice in BC from 2000 to 2015. His extensive financial services experience enables him to provide strong financial oversight expertise.  

Balraj Mann
Director

Balraj Mann is the Chair and CEO of BM Group of Companies (BMG) comprised of complimentary specialty construction, materials supply, and real estate related business.

Archie Campbell
Director

Archie Campbell is a CPA, CA, with close to 30 years’ experience in accounting. Educated in law, Archie completed his CPA designation while working with KPMG and is currently Chief Financial Officer for Coast Appliances LP, a consumer products retailer with operations across Canada.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Cathy McIntyre
Director

Cathy is a senior executive with over 30 years of business and board experience.  Known for corporate strategy, all aspects of marketing, branding, communications, consumer research and stakeholder engagement, Cathy began her career as a marketing and communications professional in a number of multi-national corporations.

Richard Hill
Chair

As president and owner of Yellow Point Lodge Ltd., Richard has many years of experience in the hospitality industry. Richard is a strong community supporter and is the founder of the ongoing “Kick One In” program that helps Vancouver Island food banks feed families. 

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